Halloween Dance

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General Information

Middle School 88 will be having a Halloween Dance for students on Friday, October 25, 2019 from 2:45 – 5:30 PM in the gym.  Please make arrangements for student pick up at  5:30 PM.  LeAp students are welcome to attend.

*Students will be allowed to bring their costumes in a bag and change right before the dance on Friday, October 25, 2019.*


  • School is open and attendance will be taken at  the usual time by the first period teacher.
  • Students must bring all books, etc., and be prepared to do regular school work.
  • Feel free to come to school in costume on the day of Halloween (Thursday, October 31, 2019) as long as it is school appropriate.  (NO MASKS OR WEAPONS)
  • Check your candy before you eat it.
  • Enjoy the day and the spirit of Halloween.


  • Do NOT bring eggs, shaving cream, silly string, or any item to the school that is inappropriate at any time of the school year.
  • Do NOT bring realistic looking “toy weapons” even if it is part of your costume (guns, knives, swords, etc.).
  • Do NOT wander the halls for any reason without a teacher-issued pass.
  • Do NOT wear any face masks in school during the day at all.
  • Do NOT visit other schools after your school day.
  • Do NOT loiter outside of the building after the school day has ended.

Please be respectful of others when picking a costume, and let’s keep the day fun and positive!

Enjoy Halloween by making it a safe and enjoyable day.


Ailene Altman Mitchell, Principal



After-School Programs 2019-2020

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M.S. 88 Girls Basketball

M.S. 88 Girls Basketball is finally here!  There will be two teams, one for beginners at basketball, who are looking for a fun and active after-school program, called Power Play, and another for those who are more advanced and looking for a competitive travel league.  Both teams will practice, so all levels are welcomed and encouraged. So strap on your basketball sneakers and come meet us in the gym!

Contact Ms. Dungey  (jdungey@schools.nyc.gov)

Ms. Apostolako (nicoleapostokalkos@ms88.org

Meeting Day/Time Wednesday 2:45 – 5:00pm & Thursday 7:00 – 8:00am
Location Gym
Tryouts September 25
Practice Start Date Late September

Girls PowerPlay NYC

PowerPlay NYC advances the lives of girls through sports, helping them grow physically, emotionally and  academically stronger. Join our after school girls sports group. Learn the fundamentals of basketball and soccer and even get the chance to play in some games! Beginners welcome!

Contact Mrs. Chiemezie (mchiemezie@schools.nyc.gov )
Meeting Day/Time Thursday 2:45 – 4:30pm 
Location Gym
Start Date Mid October

 Yearbook Club

Capture memories and excitement at M.S. 88 through photography and graphic design to develop our school yearbook!  Learn how to take and edit pictures and use your creativity to layout pages for the yearbook. 

Contact Mrs. Chiemezie (mchiemezie@schools.nyc.gov )
Meeting Day/Time Tuesday 4:00pm
Location Room 132
Start Date Mid October

Boys Basketball:  A and B Team

Mr. Levine is dedicated to coach our 7th and 8th grade boys to develop their basketball skills and basketball IQ.  Players will learn through intense fundamental drills and exercises, that will culminate with success on the court through competitive matches. 

Contact Mr. Levine (glevine8@schools.nyc.gov)
Meeting Day/Time Wednesday (film) 2:40 – 4:30pm & Thursday 2:45-4:30p
Location Gym
Tryouts Mid October
Season Starts Late November

LEGO Robotics

Build autonomous robots that will complete missions based on the overall theme: World Class, while participating in LEGO League competitions. You will have the opportunity to learn engineering and design, math and science concepts and the importance of teamwork through LEGO Robotics!

Contact Ms. Azcona  (nazcona@schools.nyc.gov)

Mr. Bradshaw (jbradshaw2@schools.nyc.gov)

Mr. Rose (drose52@schools.nyc.gov )

Meeting Day/Time Thursday & Friday 2:45 – 4:45
Location Room 340
Start Date Mid October


Middle School 88 is partnering with graduate students at the Polytechnic Institute at NYU to investigate “Biomimicry Engineering”, which is essentially engineering robots that build a robotic fish that can be used to study fish behavior and mimic animal behavior.   

Contact Mr. Rose (6th)  (drose52@schools.nyc.gov )

Ms. Tilts (6th)  (stilts@schools.nyc.gov)

Jefferey Bradshaw (7th) (jbradshaw@ms88.org)

Meeting Day/Time 6th grade Wednesday 2:45-4:00 

7th grade Thursday 2:35-4:00pm

Location Room 340
Start Date October 10th & 16th

Art Smart

ART SMART, is excited to be back for a fourth year,  it will fulfill and enhance 6th, 7th,  and 8th grade M.S. portfolios for the student’s H.S. art application requirements. Students explore art history, artistic techniques & methodologies.  

Contact Jeff Schneider (jeffschneidernyc@gmail.com
Meeting Day/Time Wednesday 2:40-5:00
Location Room 132
Start Date Early October

Road Runners

M.S. 88 is teaming up with the New York Road Runners to train our students who are interested in running to set goals and make being active a part of their daily lives.

Contact Mr. Curran (dcurran2@schools.nyc.gov

Mr. Elias (selias3@schools.nyc.gov )

Meeting Day/Time Wednesdays/Fridays   2:45 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Location Room 238
Start Date Late September

Comics Creators

In this program, students will learn how to create their own comics. They will develop their own stories, draw the art and use computers –if available- to enhance the final product. Students will also learn the fundamentals of this form of expression and read comics.  

Contact Mr. Diaz (jdiaz@MS88.org)
Meeting Day/Time Fridays 2:45 – 4:00pm
Location Room 240
Start Date October 11

MSQI Debate

Contact John Cherichello (jcherichello@ms88.org)

Ms. Markon  (rmarkon@schools.nyc.gov)

Meeting Day/Time Thursday 2:35-4:15pm (Occasional Sat 9am-6pm)
Location Room 122
Start Date Early September

How to Survive 6th Grade

Learn organizational skills, study strategies, critical thinking and writing skills.

Contact Mr. Elias (selias3@schools.nyc.gov )

Ms. Castro (scastro2@schools.nyc.gov )

Meeting Day/Time Thursday 2:45 – 4:15pm 
Location Room 347
Start Date Early November

Mural Club

Students collaborate on expressing themselves through art that reflects MS88. The art will be displayed throughout the school inspiring students, staff and visitors daily.

Contact Mrs. Chiemezie  (mchiemezie@schools.nyc.gov)
Meeting Day/Time Varies depending on the mural

Flag Rugby 

Students will have the opportunity to learn a new and increasingly popular sport! They will compete in various tournaments against other middle schools around the country.

Contact Mr. Levine (glevine8@schools.nyc.gov)

Mr. Rafferty (srafferty@schools.nyc.gov)

Meeting Day/Time Wednesday or Friday 2:45 – 4:15pm  
Location Gym
Start Date Starts Feb. – March & starts April – June 

Craft Squad

This after school class will have students creating a variety of crafts including decoupage (collage) and paper crafts, cross stitching, felt and fabric craft, stuffed animal making and 3-D collage. Crafters will increase their craft know-how and technical skills while creating decorative works of art. There will be an emphasis on repurposing and upcycling everyday found materials into unique creative expressions.

Contact Ms. Zaconni (kzicconi@schools.nyc.gov )

Ms. Katz (bkatzll@schools.nyc.gov)

Meeting Day/Time Thursday 2:45 – 5:00pm
Location 329A
Start Date Mid October

Morning Library Club

Increases library access for students to use computers, do homework, read, check out books, and play Minecraft.  Ms. Wolfe meets students in the cafeteria at 7:30.

Contact Ms. Wolfe ( kwolfe2@schools.nyc.gov)
Meeting Day/Time Monday – Thursday 7:50am – 8:20am 
Location Library
Start Date Early September

88 Knots Boat Building Club

We’re building a real sailboat using traditional boat building techniques with help of Brooklyn Boat Works. (15 student maximum)

Contact Mr. Wasylyk  (jwasylyk@schools.nyc.gov)

Mr. Zimmermann (azimmermann3@schools.nyc.gov)

Meeting Day/Time Thursday 2:40 – 5:10pm
Location Room 128
Start Date Early November

Girls Lacrosse Club

Girls from 6-8th grade will partake in skill sessions Monday mornings at 7 am in the gym. When it is warm out, we will also be outside in Prospect Park. Students are given all equipment other than a mouth guard.

Contact Ms. Tilts (stilts@schools.nyc.gov)
Meeting Day/Time Monday 7-8:15 AM
Location GYM or weather permitting Park
Start Date Mid November

RiSC Club

RiSC is a two year climate literacy program that began in 2017. In 2017, students learned about the causes and impacts of climate change. This year we will use a grant to remodel part of our school community to be resilient to climate change. At the end of the year, we present our work at a summit.

Contact Ms. Tilts (stilts@schools.nyc.gov)

Mr. Joya (cjoya@ms88.org)  

Meeting Day/Time Thursday 2:45 – 5:00pm
Location Room 127
Start Date Early November

Middle School Musing

Middle School Musings is an after school learning enrichment program offered to students in 8th grades who may need extra help in the fundamentals of math and grammar.

Contact Ms. St. Jean  (mstjean2@schools.nyc.gov)
Meeting Day/Time Thursday 2:45 – 4:15pm
Location Room 124
Start Date Mid November

Gender and Sexuality Alliance

To support our LGBTQ+ students by providing a space to share their stories and create school-wide activities that foster inclusion and acceptance.  

Contact Ms. Wolfe ( kwolfe2@schools.nyc.gov)

Mr. Curran (dcurran2@schools.nyc.gov)

Meeting Day/Time Thursday 2:40 – 4:00pm
Location Library & 238
Start Date Early September

The Democracy Project

Through a partnership with the old Stone House we will reenact how to create a country instituting laws, currency, and debate solutions to problems posed to our country.

Contact Ms. Gibson (sdavis10@schools.nyc)
Meeting Day/Time Wednesday 3:45pm – 4:15pm
Location Room 223
Start Date Mid October

Dungeons & Dragons

Students will role play different characters in epic adventures in far off lands & worlds, where they’ll need to use literary and math skills to survive.

Contact Mr. Joya (cjoya@ms88.org)
Meeting Day/Time Wednesday 2:45pm – 5:15pm
Location Room 221
Start Date Early October

Drama & Film Club

Students will work on scenes from various plays/film. Students will make a short film ad work on self-reflection.

Contact Jackie Viesta (jackieviesta@gmail.com)

Michael Bennett (mbennett@ms88.org)

Meeting Day/Time Wednesday 2:45pm – 4:00 pm
Location Room 342
Start Date Mid October

Dance & Fusion

In this movement class students will explore many genres of dance.

Contact Tylar Slavin

Ms. Zacconi (kzicconi@schools.nyc.gov )

Meeting Day/Time Wednesday 2:45pm – 4:00 pm
Location TBD
Start Date Mid October

Comic Club

Students will learn how to create their own comics to tell stories draw art, and enhance products using mixed media.

Contact Ms. Dungey  (jdungey@schools.nyc.gov)

Mr. Diaz  (jdiaz@MS88.org)

Meeting Day/Time TBD 2:45pm – 4:00 pm
Location Room 240
Start Date Mid October

Art Show

December and June Art, Music, and Dance show. Club helps students refine work before display and performance.

Contact Mrs. Chiemezie  (mchiemezie@schools.nyc.gov)
Meeting Day/Time Varies depending on the show
Location Room 132
Start Date Mid October

Board Game Club

Students will exercise strategic thinking and collaboration skills through board games.

Contact Ms. Ahearn (sahearn@schools.nyc.gov)
Meeting Day/Time Thursday 2:40-4:40 pm
Location Room 329
Start Date Mid October

Beyond Googol & 2 ∞

Next level math explorations that will stretch mathematical thinking, improve reasoning skills and help kids discover the wonder and beauty in mathematics and competitive fun math games.

Contact Ms. Hefez (ms.hefez@ms88.org)
Meeting Day/Time Thursday 2:40-4:40 pm
Location Room 329
Start Date Mid October

SOCA (Students of Caribbean & African American Descent)

A safe space for students to discuss current event topics that concern middle school students of color.

Contact Ms. Pugh
Meeting Day/Time Thursday 2:40-4:00 pm
Location Room 349
Start Date Mid October

El Garrote (Spanish Club)

The first rule of the Spanish Club is we speak Spanish only.   The second rule of Spanish Club is that we read, write, plan and debate in Spanish.  

Contact Mr. Diaz  (jdiaz@MS88.org)
Meeting Day/Time Wednesday  2:45-4:00 pm
Location Room 323
Start Date Mid October

After School Math Support

Students in 7th grade math will come to get support on homework and classwork.

Contact Mr. Haupt (dhaupt2@schools.nyc.gov)
Ms. Huang (JHuang16@schools.nyc.gov)
Meeting Day/Time Wednesdays 3:00 – 5:00 pm
Location Room 145
Start Date Mid October

Sewing and Design Club

Students will learn the basics of using a sewing machine and work on diversity quilt project they will complete individual projects they design.

Contact M. Rupelli (jrupelli@schools.nyc.gov)
Meeting Day/Time Thursdays 2:45 – 4:45 pm
Location Room SO1
Start Date Mid October

Chancellor Carranza visits MS 88

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Chancellor Carranza held a press conference at MS 88 today to announce the Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Education (CR-SE) Fellows Program and the more inclusive NYCReads 365 Book List. He visited classrooms and one of our student leaders, 8th grader Naomi, spoke about her educational journey here at MS 88.

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What is a COSA?

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Middle School 88 has three COSAs.

A COSA is the

Coordinator Of Student Activities.

The COSAs organize and handle many of the bonus fun and amazing events at MS 88, such as Honor Roll trips, carnivals, the overnight Senior Trip, and so much more.

The school’s COSAs are:

SISTA House: Mr. McCurry – rm. 143

SMART House: Mr. Walling – rm. 235

Medical House: Mr. Rosenzweig – rm. 354


To be on the Honor Roll, you must have ALL of the following on your report card…

  • At least an 85% in every class
  • An overall average of 90% or higher
  • An acceptable record of classroom behavior
  • An acceptable record of hallway behavior
  • An acceptable record of attendance, including absences and lateness

Making the Honor Roll = being invited on Honor Roll trips

NYC Climate Strike 2019

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Important Information regarding the Climate Strike

Updated September 19, 2019

On Friday, September 20, students may decide to participate in the Climate Strike, a youth-organized event for action against climate change.

The Department of Education (DOE) will excuse absences of students participating in the Climate Strike on Friday 9/20, provided students have parental consent. Students can only leave school with a parent or a guardian on the Blue Card. Here is additional important guidance:

  • Both partial and full day absences will be considered excused with parental permission.
  • There will be no disciplinary consequences for excused absences.
  • Students need to be signed out by parents or guardians if they wish to participate in the walkout.
  • Parents giving permission for their child to be absent should notify us in writing and give their note to their first period teacher. 
  • If a student is present for a portion of the day, they are considered present for the day and absent for any class periods not attended.
  • If a middle or high school student participates in the strike without parental permission, the student’s absence will not be excused.

Read more about attendance policies at the DOE here: 


Participation in the walkout is an individual decision, and we encourage your family to discuss your plans ahead of time.